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First Pan American Workshop for
Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplant
in the United States

Florida Advanced CT (FACT) Surgery
Tampa, Florida, USA

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The Pan American Workshop for Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplant was held in downtown Tampa, Florida at CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation) November 30th & December 1st, 2012. The workshop organized by FACT Surgery in Tampa and Messejana Hospital in Brazil, brought together renowned physician from around the world to lecture on advance therapies for Heart Failure.

This exciting two day meeting had both didactic and hands-on sections for attendees from South and North America. The first day, over 250 attendees participated in didactic sections and witnessed live surgery transmitted from Tampa General Hospital to CAMLS. The second day, surgeons had the opportunity to learn techniques on an isolated heart and by operating on live porcine models, implanting the ventricular assist device and/or performing a heart transplant. The audience consisted of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Heart Failure Physicians, Nurses, Ventricular Assist Device Coordinators and Perfusionists.

Both Dr. Juan Mejia and Dr. Christiano Caldeira, Program Co-Chairs, truly believe this was a great event for all. As technological advancements continue to create options for heart failure patients, so does the commitment to educate every cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon on advanced therapies for heart failure. The goal is to build and support Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Programs around the world.

Disclosure Statement: Dr. Mejia and Dr. Caldeira report receiving consulting fees from Thoratec and HeartWare.